Making Sense of Fatherhood: Gender, Caring and Work

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 18, 2010 - Social Science
As family and work demands become more complex, who is left holding the baby? Tina Miller explores men's experiences of fatherhood and provides unique insights into paternal caring, changing masculinities and men's relations to paid work. She focuses on the narratives of a group of men as they first anticipate and then experience fatherhood for the first time. Her original, longitudinal research contributes to contemporary theories of gender against a backdrop of societal and policy change. The men's journeys into fatherhood are both similar and varied, and they illuminate just how deeply gender permeates individual lives, everyday practices and societal assumptions around caring for young children. This book acts as a companion to Making Sense of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and, together, these innovative studies reveal how gendered practices around caring become enacted.
 

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Contents

an overview
7
men masculinities
34
being there
54
Making sense of early fathering experiences
83
juggling fathering and work
111
motherhood and fatherhood
145
Conclusions and reflections
170
References
193
Index
204
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Tina Miller is a Reader in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University. Her research on motherhood and fatherhood has led her to be engaged as an expert advisor by the World Health Organisation, to present her work at UNICEF headquarters in New York and to regularly participate in TV and radio programmes on issues related to motherhood, fatherhood and family life. She is the author of Making Sense of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2005) which acts as a companion to this book.

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